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David Ford, History Editor Ancient York
by David Nash Ford BA,
Editor, History on Britannia

King's Square
Between Petergate & Colliergate

King's Square, York An Icelandic warrior and bard, named Egil Skallagrim, wrote of "Konungsgarthr" or 'King's Garth' in York after visiting the city in the 10th century. Now King's Square, tradition says it is the site of the Royal Palace of the Kings of Deira, Northumbria and, later, Norse York.

Until 1937, the area was dominated by the church of the Holy Trinity, probably the original chapel of the Royal Palace. It fell into disrepair in the late 19th century and was used as a sheep pen before its finally demolition. Now only fragmentary gravestones and the church's outline in the pavement remain, trampled beneath the feet of shoppers and street entertainers.

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